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#3893753 Atari 800XE: Red Screen and hot ICs

Posted by Stephen on Today, 2:48 PM

I just pointed out that the extra bank of RAM will be just sitting there pretty once U1MB is installed.
It's 8 sockets, 8 RAM ICs (at about 1 euro each, ex. shipping), sockets....price vary....it's also 8x16=128 extra solderings....especially for someone who did just some minor soldering so far....
Let's say it's 15 Euro. That is already a nice step towards a U1MB :)

Not to mention the extra heat, power, etc. that the 8 DRAMS will be using.

#3893261 The Last Strike

Posted by Stephen on Yesterday, 5:51 PM

Mmmmmm.... DROP!   The funky-fresh, stone cold rockin' 16-bit soundtrack takes it up what, another three or four quads?   :lol:

But that's technical talk.  The real question is, will it have a TK-421 EQ mode.  Without that TK-421, you won't feel the bass!

#3893259 Atari 800XE: Red Screen and hot ICs

Posted by Stephen on Yesterday, 5:48 PM

Don't ever apologize for having bad english.  None of the native speakers give a damn about spelling or grammar these days.  It's always also been a case of nobody over in the USA wanting to learn any other language.  I am guilty of it myself.  Laziness I guess.

#3891649 Bit 3 Full-View 80 troubleshooting and repair

Posted by Stephen on Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:06 AM

Stephen, have you had any luck getting your Bit3 card to work? And where are those pics?   :-D

Sorry - I've not even tried to hook it up yet.

#3890488 Debugger integration in Virtual Jaguar

Posted by Stephen on Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:18 PM


This is too funny, especially when you see things like this in the comments to that video:




Sorry to burst your bubble, but the RetroArch kiddies aren't doing anything with Jaguar emulation, much less improving anything. Their level of 'compentency' extends only to ripping off other emulators (and rebranding them as their own creation) and contributing nothing back--not to mention pissing off the authors of said emulators and labelling them as inferior beings for not deigning to bow to their greatness and kissing their rings.


Best laugh of the day, thanks for that! :D

Aren't they the ass clowns that just steal emulator code and slap a front end GUI on it, and then it is "their" emulator?

#3887196 Looks like a scam to me?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Nov 9, 2017 9:35 PM

I thought political correctness is not relevant anymore in the countries with funny presidents...

I long for a world where PC bullshit doesn't rule the day.  Where a funny joke can be laughed at, not looked at like a nuclear bomb.

#3887057 how many CPU cycles in a scanline?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Nov 9, 2017 5:00 PM

Yes, that was the reason for my question.
Thanks for you answers.
Now I know there's nothing wrong with my program and that there are only 105 cycles available per scan line.


#3886611 Looks like a scam to me?

Posted by Stephen on Wed Nov 8, 2017 10:01 PM

Do a search - this came up here a few days ago, in a "coming soon" thread for a podcast.


And as others have said, Nir is beyond trust worthy!

#3885967 I live with idiots

Posted by Stephen on Tue Nov 7, 2017 9:37 PM

I must be lucky.  I found the perfect ratio of "crazy I would f**k" to "crazy but p**s off" :)  Married, and lived happily ever after.


She would NEVER burn my Atari.

#3885733 1088XEL Alternative Mother-Board Project

Posted by Stephen on Tue Nov 7, 2017 4:17 PM

Oh no........definitely don't want the XE keyboard I fully agree about it being the worst keyboard ever (apart from the Commodore 64 keyboard of course (but that's no wonder as we know).

I was more thinking about a project to come up with a keyboard that has more the original look and lay out. Of course it can be improved (separate cursor keys etc.)

I guess the actual interfacing isn't all,that important. But I wouldn't mind designing/creating something that matches more the original.

I want separate real option, select, start reset buttons with the originell position, not some F5,6,7 to remember where is what like with emulators.

PM member 917k - I believe he did the custom WASD keys in a style to match the 400.

#3885206 1088XEL Alternative Mother-Board Project

Posted by Stephen on Mon Nov 6, 2017 7:08 PM

FWIW - I used this case for my Eclaire XL prototype.  http://www.mitxpc.co....php?prod=MX500


It will work with the 1088, but I really love the Realan cases we have, especially with mike's custom panels.

#3883824 Upcoming Jaguar SD Cartridge

Posted by Stephen on Sat Nov 4, 2017 7:31 PM

Skunkboards didn't come with a case.  I didn't care.  They fit in a standard cart shell.  I still didn't care.  Bought a Skunk.  Will be buying a Saint cart.  Don't like the 3D shell, don't buy one, or go off and make your own.

#3883049 Could the Jag Do Decent Ports of NeoGeo and CPS-2

Posted by Stephen on Fri Nov 3, 2017 5:32 PM

It's well known what happened with the 3DO Doom, which is an extreme example of a poor port that didn't need to be poor. From the coder herself: https://kotaku.com/h...cked-1671138312


It's obviously very difficult to find examples of ports that take advantage of a particular system's strengths across multiple systems. You're generally better off comparing the best examples of similar games from a particular system.

Aha - that explains the shitty port.  She was coding, not in the kitchen  :D



Any white knights can pre-emptively f**k off because my wife laughed at that.

#3882274 Lynx I Horizontal LCD Lines - Power Issue?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Nov 2, 2017 2:20 PM

I had a similar issue with one of my Lynxes, a Lynx 2 specifically. It had black horizontal lines on it, my blog post shows what it looked like - https://www.igorkrom...se-disassembly/


After re-capping the motherboard these lines did go away. I would highly recommend McWill's mod though (which I did do to that Lynx afterwards). It makes it so much better to play!

Nice write-up on your Lynx mods.

#3881552 side 3

Posted by Stephen on Wed Nov 1, 2017 2:35 PM

Bit concerned with hearing that fjc has no involvement in this.  His BIOS for Incognito and Ultimate1MB, as well as the SIDE loader far surpassed the originals in look and functionality.